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Supervision for sadistic rapist

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/12/2016 Daniel Gilhooly

<span style="font-size:13px;">Ronald van der Plaat, jailed for the sadistic rape of his own daughter, will stay under supervision for five years, until he is nearly 88.</span> © Getty Ronald van der Plaat, jailed for the sadistic rape of his own daughter, will stay under supervision for five years, until he is nearly 88. The man who kept his daughter as a sex slave for more than two decades is to be kept under strict supervision for another five years.

The Crown had sought a term of 10 years for Ronald van der Plaat, 82, on his release from prison in May.

The Dutch-born man was originally sentenced to 15 years and 10 months in jail for the 23-year-long sexual abuse of his daughter when she was aged between nine and 32 while they lived in Vanuatu and Auckland.

In a decision released on Friday, Justice Mathew Downs says if van der Plaat weren't 82 he would have concluded a 10-year period would be the minimum needed to protect the public.

However, he was about to turn 83 and that should be taken into account.

"In these circumstances a 10-year term would be excessive - and blunt," Justice Downs said.

Conditions include a curfew, not to have anything capable of taking photos, not to have anything to do with children or go where they might be and to wear a GPS tracker.

Van der Plaat's offences against his daughter, Tanjas Darke, included increasingly bizarre and depraved sexual acts, including hanging her upside-down, naked and bound in a doorway, and giving her drugs and alcohol.

At one point she became pregnant to him and later miscarried.

Van Der Plaat was released in 2010, but sent back to jail after being seen holding hands with a girl of about five years old in Auckland despite a ban on such contact.

It was later revealed he had been left alone with the child on occasion and had taken photos of her naked.

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